Via their environment webpages, Apple has announced that they are currently on track toward achieving an ambitious goal: to power every Apple facility entirely with energy from renewable sources — solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. The company has already reached this milestone at all of their data centers that provide online services to our customers, including in Maiden, North Carolina. They’ve also reached 100 percent at our facilities in Austin, Cork, and Munich and at their Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino.

For all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, the company is at 75 percent renewable energy — which represents a 114% increase since 2010. To get to 100% worldwide, Apple is constructing new energy-efficient buildings and updating existing ones. They’re installing their own onsite renewable energy sources, including solar arrays and fuel cells. And for the balance of our energy needs, Apple is establishing as many long-term contracts with energy suppliers as they are allowed.

Just in 2012 alone:

• Apple launches the redesigned iMac, which uses 68 percent less material and generates 67 percent fewer carbon emissions than earlier generations. In addition, the aluminum stand on the iMac is made using 30 percent recycled content.

• Apple rolls out a biogas-powered fuel cell and builds rooftop solar photovoltaic systems at their headquarters in Cupertino. At the same location, energy use is cut by over 30 percent at a time when occupancy increased by more than 12 percent.

• Apple introduces its redesigned AirPort Express with an enclosure containing bio-based polymers derived from industrial-grade rapeseed and post-consumer recycled PC-ABS plastic.

• Apple achieves 100 percent renewable energy use in corporate facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich; at many sites in Australia; at the Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino; as well as at data centers in Newark, Maiden, and Prineville. Among all Apple corporate facilities worldwide, 75% of the total energy used comes from renewable sources — a 114% increase since 2010.

• At the data center in Maiden, North Carolina, Apple completes construction and begins operation of the largest end user-owned solar array and the largest non-utility fuel cell in the United States.

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Poornima Gupta reports for Reuters, “The data center in Maiden, North Carolina, which supports Internet storage and Apple’s service-hosting iCloud product, produces 167 million kilowatts — the power equivalent of 17,600 homes for one year — from a 100-acre solar farm and fuel cell installations provided by Silicon Valley startup Bloom Energy.”

“They are the largest, non-utility power-generating facilities of their kind in the United States, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer told Reuters,” Gupta reports. “‘We switched over to these new energy sources in December,’ he said. ‘And we are committed to generating 60 percent of the electricity that the data center will use by making power on site. We are now achieving that goal. Apple purchases the rest of the green power needed at the facility.”

Gupta reports, “The company is building another 20-megawatt solar farm at its Maiden facility with solar panels supplied by SunPower Corp.”

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[Attribution: Fortune.]